NUI Grads: Register to vote for the Seanad

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In search of a New Year’s resolution? Get your name on the Seanad Register before this year’s deadline on February 26 and have a say on Ireland’s future Senators.


The Seanad provides a high-profile platform and tax-payer budget to Senators who advocate for reproductive rights in Ireland—and to those who undermine and attack them.

Take for example Senator Catherine Noone whose informed and reasoned leadership of the All Party Oireachtas Committee that examined the Eighth Amendment led the way to the referendum in May 2018.

Or consider Senator Rónán Mullen who has used his position as Senator to undermine safe, reproductive health for women for over ten years in Ireland and Europe. Mullen’s attacks on women are too many and too awful to restate here but be assured they will continue at scale if re-elected.

Of the 60 seats in the Seanad, six are elected by registered graduates of two universities*: three for the National University of Ireland (UCD, UCC, Galway, Maynooth and more), and three for Trinity College. If you are an Irish citizen and a graduate of these institutions, regardless of where you live in the world, you are eligible to vote in the Seanad elections provided you register before February 26.

Registration requires a little effort, but not much. Full details on how to register are found here. Unlike presidential votes and referenda, Irish Diaspora who are eleigible to vote can do so via postal ballot and are not required to vote in person. 

Think your vote won’t count? Rónán Mullen was elected by the National University of Ireland Seanad constituency in July 2007—that’s your constituency if you’re a graduate of UCD, UCC or the many other universities in the NUI family—and re-elected for a second term in 2011.


The next Seanad election will take place within 90 days of the next general election; there is no definite date for these elections but it’s safest to assume anything is possible in today’s unpredictable times. What is certain, is that you must register before February 26 if you want to vote this year should an election take place.

We have repealed the Eighth Amendment but the fight is not over.


Registration form here.

Eligible Graduates

INSTITUTIONS IN THE NUI SEANAD ÉIREANN CONSTITUENCY THE NUI CONSTITUENCY COMPRISES GRADUATES OF THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS WHO OTHERWISE FULFIL THE REQUIREMENTS LAID DOWN IN THE SEANAD ELECTORAL (UNIVERSITY MEMBERS) ACTS, 1937 - 2015:

NUI CONSTITUENT UNIVERSITIES

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

COLÁISTE NA HOLLSCOILE BAILE ÁTHA CLIATH (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

COLÁISTE NA HOLLSCOILE CORCAIGH (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK)

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY OÉ GAILLIMH (FORMERLY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GALWAY)

MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, MAYNOOTH OLLSCOIL MHÁ NUAD (FORMERLY ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE MAYNOOTH)


OTHER NUI MEMBER INSTITUTIONS – AILL EILE D’OLLSCOIL NA HÉIREANN

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND COLÁISTE RÍOGA NA MÁINLEÁ IN ÉIRINN RECOGNITION GRANTED, JULY 14TH 1977

INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AN FORAS RIARACHÁIN RECOGNITION GRANTED JANUARY 16TH 2001

COLLEGES LINKED WITH CONSTITUENT UNIVERSITIES - COLÁISTÍ CEANGAILTE LEIS NA COMH-OLLSCOILEANNA

NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN DUBLIN COLÁISTE NÁISIÚNTA EALAÍNE IS DEARTHA

SHANNON COLLEGE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT COLÁISTE ÓSTA NA SIONNA

ST. ANGELA'S COLLEGE, SLIGO COLÁISTE SAN AINGEAL, SLIGEACH

BURREN COLLEGE OF ART COLÁISTE EALÁINE NA BÓINE

INSTITUTE OF BANKING AN INSTITIÚID BAINCÉIREACHTA A RECOGNISED COLLEGE OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

INSTITUTIONS WHICH WERE FORMERLY NUI RECOGNISED COLLEGES

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, LIMERICK RECOGNITION GRANTED, APRIL 17TH 1975

NIHE, LIMERICK MARCH 11TH 1976 - DECEMBER 15TH 1977

OUR LADY OF MERCY COLLEGE, CARYSFORT RECOGNITION GRANTED, APRIL 17TH 1975

ST. PATRICK'S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, DRUMCONDRA RECOGNITION GRANTED, APRIL 17TH, 1975

THOMOND COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, LIMERICK DECEMBER 9TH 1976 - DECEMBER 15, 1977

ST. PATRICK'S COLLEGE MAYNOOTH FEBRUARY 23RD 1910 – JUNE 1997

ST. ANGELA’S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SLIGO APRIL 1978 – DECEMBER 2005

MILLTOWN INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY MEMBER INSTITUTION FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST T 2005 - 1ST JULY 2015

* This system is unjustifiably exclusive and not befitting modern day Ireland; we support efforts by Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA) and others to reform it.

Hannah Little